Stephanie Aschmann Spires, the former director of a Lexington children’s shelter, announced Thursday she would seek to be appointed to Amanda Ferguson’s District 4 seat on the Fayette County Public Schools board.
Ferguson resigned Wednesday after 10 years on the board. Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt will appoint someone to fill the seat through 2018 when Ferguson’s term would have ended. The official selection process could take weeks. Pruitt will appoint someone to the seat once the district advertises that the seat is open and applicants are needed.
“I am passionate about children,” Spires, 35, said Thursday. “John Spires and I are the proud parents of three amazing little girls and we have been blessed to foster parent many more children. In my spare time I serve as a mentor through UK’s iMentor program to new foster parents. I helped create the PTA and served as PTA president at the Lexington Hearing and Speech Center and I’m currently chairing the fundraising efforts for the PTA for the new playground at Ashland” Elementary.
Spires said she made the decision to leave her position as executive director of Arbor Youth Services, an emergency shelter for children, to stay home with her children. She said even though she left Arbor, “I continued to remain involve in their fundraising efforts and advocate for the 800-plus homeless children in the school district.”
Spires said she served on various committees and task forces, including the Fayette schools Special Needs Task Force, Lexington’s Commission on Youth Development and Public Safety, the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative and the Model Court Initiative. She served on the boards of several organizations that support children and their educational needs, including Uspiritus-Bellewood, the Lexington Public Library and the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning. She said she has degrees in secondary education and political science, and a master’s degree in higher education from the University of Kentucky.
Spires had an unsuccessful run for the Urban County Council Third District Seat in 2012.